How do I order a vital record from a New Jersey local vital records office?
Contact the Local Registrar's office in the municipality where the event occurred.
What are the fees for local copies?
The fees for copies of vital records vary by municipality. Please contact the municipality where the event took place for more detailed information.
Are local copies of vital records acceptable for all my needs?
Local copies are valid for all purposes except for the following two instances:
- If the copies are being presented to a foreign country that is part of the Hague Treaty, the copies need an Apostille Seal from the New Jersey Secretary of State. The Apostille Seal can only be applied to certified copies of vital records issued from the State Bureau of Vital Statistics and Registration.
- If your birth certificate was issued by the Jersey City – Hudson County Vital Records Office, it is not valid for passport application. You must obtain your certified copy from the State Bureau of Vital Statistics and Registration.